DescriptionFred Ray Action Comics #45 Cover Superman Original Art (DC, 1942). This rousing scene recalls the dynamism of Superman's first crime-busting attack on the cover of Action Comics #1! Fred Ray brought his superior draftsmanship to fifteen covers for Action Comics, and his association with the Superman character began when his work appeared on the cover of Superman #8, dated January 1941. Fellow Superman "ghost" Jack Burnley was an admirer of Fred Ray's art and wrote a heart-felt appreciation in the pages of Robin Snyder's The Comics. Burnley wrote warmly of his friend's work: "His Superman covers were drawn in the simple style of, and better than, the Shuster studio. Fred improved rapidly and soon he was doing impressive Superman covers that equaled or surpassed mine. Although Wayne Boring has been credited with changing Superman's image from the cartoony Shuster figure to the more realistic modern hero, actually Fred and I were the first to 'modernize' Superman with our covers in the early forties. Fred's outstanding Superman art is enough to earn him a top spot among artists of the fabulous Golden Age." The art was drawn on illustration board and the image area of the cover measures 12.5" x 17.25". The original title logo stat and a pasted-on art correction over the gunman's arm at the lower left have been professionally cleaned and restored, and there is slight overall tanning, otherwise the art is in Excellent condition.
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